Grant County, Oregon (OR)

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County population in 2012: 7,317 (all rural); it was 7,935 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,226
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,178
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,380
Renter-occupied apartments: 948 (it was 866 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

38%

Land area: 4529 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 2 people per square mile   (very low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Grant County: 86.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (34.4%), Educational, health and social services (13.1%), Retail trade (11.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 53%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 43%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Grant County, Oregon:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (93.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.8%)
  • Two or more races (2.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.2%)
Median resident age:  50.0 years
Oregon median age:  38.0 years
Males: 3,699  (53.1%)
Females: 3,746  (46.9%)

Grant County,OR real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Grant County:

2.0 people
Oregon:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $35,066 ($32,560 in 1999)

This county:

$35066
Oregon:

$50251

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $454 (lower quartile is $352, upper quartile is $574)
This county:

$454
State:

$769


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $131,643 (it was $82,400 in 2000)
Grant:

$131,643
Oregon:

$229,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $67,221 - $244,291
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $950
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $325

Institutionalized population: 91

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

Grant County, OR map from a distance

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,466 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,213 (1.1%)

Grant County household income distribution in 2009 Grant County home values distribution Grant County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.3%
(17.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 28.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.0% for American Indian residents, 16.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.8%
Grant County:

17.8%
Oregon:

16.7%
(17.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.0% for American Indian residents, 16.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 51 years old
(Males: 50 years old, Females: 51 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 51 years old, Black residents: 55 years old, American Indian residents: 43 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 31 years old, Other race residents: 62 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Grant County is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $583 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $790 a month.

Cities in this county include: John Day, Prairie City, Canyon City, Mount Vernon, Long Creek, Seneca, Monument, Dayville, Granite.

Grant County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Grant County: Yokum Corrals Camp (A), Dry Soda Lookout (B), Magone Lake Recreation Site (C), Mutton Camp (D), Mascall Ranch (E), Jumpoff Joe Camp (F), J M Ranch (G), Huckleberry Camp (H), Malheur Ford (I), Hotel de Bum Camp (J), Hi Yu Guard Station (K), Ray Ranch (L), Indian Springs Campground (M), Slide Creek Recreation Site (N), McNaughton Spring Recreation Site (O), Deerhorn Campground (P), Middle Fork Recreation Site (Q), Herburger Cabin (R), Headquarters Camp (S), Head O'Boulder Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Grant County: Saint Katherine Catholic Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemeteries: Ritter Cemetery (1), Boot Hill Cemetery (2), Hamilton Cemetery (3), Hankins Cemetery (4), Southworth Cemetery (5), Willow Creek Cemetery (6), Dayville Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Frog Lake (A), Gordon Lakes (B), Halls Lake (C), High Lake (D), Jumpoff Joe Lake (E), Twin Ponds (F), Little Mud Lake (G), The Potholes (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Winom Creek (A), Wolsey Creek (B), Wray Creek (C), Wymer Creek (D), Youngs Creek (E), Hadson Creek (F), Gander Creek (G), Bingville Creek (H), Stussi Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Grant County include: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (1), Clyde Holliday State Park (2), Cedar Grove Botanical Area (3), Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Baker County , Crook County , Harney County , Malheur County , Morrow County , Umatilla County , Union County , Wheeler County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.9%
Oregon:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 145
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 84.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 114 (47% naturalized citizens)

Grant County:

1.4%
Whole state:

8.5%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 26
  • 1990 to 1994: 15
  • 1985 to 1989: 11
  • 1980 to 1984: 15
  • 1975 to 1979: 10
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 14
  • 1965 to 1969: 20

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.7 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 94.1%

Grant County marital status for males Grant County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Grant County with a mortgage: 634 (66 second mortgage, 54 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 476

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

74.3% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Grant County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant63415
Other4733
Catholic4054
Mainline Protestant3276
None5,606-
Grant County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Grant County:

4.35 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.45 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

2.01 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Grant County:

5.80 / 10,000 pop.
Oregon:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

13.05 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.93 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Grant County:

9.7%
Oregon:

7.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Grant County:

27.0%
State:

25.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.7%
State:

14.2%

Agriculture in Grant County:

Average size of farms: 2265 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $43,335
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $84.26
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 82.09%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $46,718
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 4.07%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 83.39%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $64,512
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.29%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.08
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.03%

Tornado activity:

Grant County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Oregon state average. It is 448569763.1 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Grant County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Oregon state average. It is 359% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 285.5 miles away from Grant County center
On 10/28/1983 at 14:06:06, a magnitude 7.3 (6.2 MB, 7.3 MS, 7.0 MW) earthquake occurred 255.4 miles away from the county center, causing 2 deaths (2 shaking deaths) and 3 injuries, causing $15,000,000 total damage
On 4/13/1949 at 19:55:42, a magnitude 7.0 (7.0 UK) earthquake occurred 256.8 miles away from the county center, causing $80,000,000 total damage
On 8/18/1959 at 06:37:13, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 407.8 miles away from the county center, causing $26,000,000 total damage
On 2/28/2001 at 18:54:32, a magnitude 6.8 (6.5 MB, 6.6 MS, 6.8 MW, Depth: 32.2 mi, Class: Strong, Intensity: VII - IX) earthquake occurred 251.6 miles away from Grant County center, causing $2,000,000,000 total damage and $305,000,000 insured losses
On 1/31/1922 at 13:17:28, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 427.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Grant County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (41%)
  • Canada (16%)
  • Peru (8%)
  • Germany (7%)
  • United Kingdom (6%)
  • Poland (6%)
  • Philippines (5%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Grant County (%):

  • English (17%)
  • German (17%)
  • United States or American (14%)
  • Irish (9%)
  • Scottish (4%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Norwegian (3%)

Grant County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,439 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 375 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 15 (0%)
  • Walked: 162 (5%)
  • Other means: 28 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 272 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Grant County, Oregon in 2000:

  • 75 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 46 people in nursing homes
  • 28 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 13 people in other group homes
  • 10 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms

People in group quarters in Grant County, Oregon in 2010:

  • 82 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 9 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 4 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,797.

6.76% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,527 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
Oregon average:

7.22%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.08% relocated from other counties in Oregon ($13,036 average AGI)
3.68% relocated from other states ($20,491 average AGI)
Grant County:

3.68%
Oregon average:

3.49%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Deschutes County, OR  0.60% ($27,733 average AGI)


6.95% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,920 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.95%
Oregon average:

6.82%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.11% relocated to other counties in Oregon ($18,931 average AGI)
2.83% relocated to other states ($10,989 average AGI)
Grant County:

2.83%
Oregon average:

3.06%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Deschutes County, OR  0.88% ($22,773 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.6

Births per 1000 population in Grant County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 10.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Grant County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 11.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Grant County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,543 (1,364 aged, 179 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 13.55
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 4254.740
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 921.410
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 42804.88

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 794.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1260.790
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 13.7

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 61.92
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 41.11

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 27.41

Household type by relationship:

Households: 7,340

Size of family households: 1,327 2-persons, 367 3-persons, 274 4-persons, 130 5-persons, 49 6-persons, 20 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,017 1-person, 150 2-persons, 12 3-persons, 3 4-persons, 3 5-persons.

1,418 married couples with children.
443 single-parent households (104 men, 339 women).

97.2% of residents of Grant County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (56% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 19% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $62,676,000 ($8493 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,520,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $24,747,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,375,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $134,000
Federal grants: $8,935,000
Federal procurement contracts: $8,474,000 ($1,773,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $11,011,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $152,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $12,747,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,770,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 343
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

65 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 527
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +22
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+20 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -468
Here -64 per 1000 residents
State +21 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Grant County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.87 millions of gallons per day (21% from ground, 79% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 18
  • 2000 to 2004: 339
  • 1990 to 1999: 418
  • 1980 to 1989: 533
  • 1970 to 1979: 825
  • 1960 to 1969: 270
  • 1950 to 1959: 585
  • 1940 to 1949: 372
  • 1939 or earlier: 938
Rooms in houses/apartments in Grant County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 60
  • 3 rooms: 110
  • 4 rooms: 420
  • 5 rooms: 536
  • 6 rooms: 513
  • 7 rooms: 367
  • 8 rooms: 171
  • 9+ rooms: 194
  • 1 room: 25
  • 2 rooms: 52
  • 3 rooms: 110
  • 4 rooms: 234
  • 5 rooms: 209
  • 6 rooms: 132
  • 7 rooms: 54
  • 8 rooms: 33
  • 9+ rooms: 17
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Grant County, Oregon
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 209
  • 2 bedrooms: 645
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,100
  • 4 bedrooms: 330
  • 5+ bedrooms: 87
  • no bedroom: 39
  • 1 bedroom: 133
  • 2 bedrooms: 349
  • 3 bedrooms: 263
  • 4 bedrooms: 67
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Grant County, Oregon in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 80
  • 1 vehicle: 508
  • 2 vehicles: 1,103
  • 3 vehicles: 500
  • 4 vehicles: 148
  • 5+ vehicles: 41
  • no vehicle: 88
  • 1 vehicle: 362
  • 2 vehicles: 312
  • 3 vehicles: 98
  • 4 vehicles: 2
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

56% of Grant County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 59% lived in Oregon.

Grant County:

56.5%
State average:

48.0%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $57,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Grant County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (36.5%)
  • Wood (36.5%)
  • Electricity (19.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (7.1%)
  • Wood (32.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (31.2%)
  • Electricity (28.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.5%)
  • Utility gas (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 113
Here:

12.0%
Oregon:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 30
Here:

5.3%
Oregon:

7.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 3
Here:

3.2%
Oregon:

16.1%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Grant County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $233,000
    Corrections - Other: $12,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $6,034,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,395,000
    Welfare - Other: $1,321,000
    General - Other: $452,000
    Financial Administration: $248,000
    Central Staff Services: $220,000
    Police Protection: $207,000
    Corrections - Other: $160,000
    Air Transportation: $114,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $107,000
    Health Services - Other: $75,000
    General Public Buildings: $54,000
    Libraries: $32,000
    Parks & Recreation: $18,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $85,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Regular Highways: $736,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $612,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Natural Resource - Other: $386,000
    Corrections - Other: $311,000
    Regular Highways: $157,000
    Air Transportation: $56,000
    Financial Administration: $50,000
    Welfare - Other: $48,000
    Judicial: $2,000
    Police Protection: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $2,903,000

Grant County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Air Transportation: $144,000
  • Charges - Parks & Recreation: $206,000
    All Other: $77,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $773,000
    Public Welfare: $34,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $55,000
    Public Welfare: $20,000
    Health & Hospitals: $5,000
    All Other: $3,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,025,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $991,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $8,694,000
    Health & Hospitals: $1,935,000
    All Other: $464,000
    Public Welfare: $305,000
    General Support: $217,000
  • Tax - Property: $1,181,000
    NEC: $51,000
    Other Selective Sales: $3,000

Grant County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,679,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,132,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $547,000

Grant County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $33,319,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Grant County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Grant County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Grant County, OR among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John5474.3 years
William5078.3 years
Charles3976.9 years
Robert3975.2 years
James3672.7 years
Mary3380.7 years
George3279.6 years
Thomas2370.8 years
Dorothy2174.0 years
Harry1975.7 years
Most common last names in Grant County, OR among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3072.5 years
Johnson2177.9 years
Davis2078.1 years
Allen1681.4 years
Moore1679.5 years
Martin1576.3 years
Lemons1480.9 years
Williams1479.3 years
Jones1470.9 years
Clark1378.8 years
Businesses in Grant County, OR
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack1
Best Western1True Value1
Dairy Queen1U-Haul1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
H&R Block1UPS2